Artist Birthdays October 23 – JEAN-LOUIS FORAIN

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JEAN-LOUIS FORAIN (Oct. 23, 1852 – July 11, 1931)

  • Nationality: French
  • Field: Painting, printmaking, illustration
  • Art Movement: Impressionism, Realism
  • ARTiFact: He was introduced to the theme of the dancer by his mentor Edgar Degas; and it is said that his small gouache Café Scene was the inspiration for Edouard Manet’s famous Bar at the Folies Bergère.
  • Artist Quote: “He is the poet of corruption in evening clothes, of dandyism in the boudoirs, of high life masking empty hearts.” —Octave Maus, art critic
  • Notable Artwork (shown below): The Music Hall, circa 1890.

Jean-Louis Forain. The Music Hall, c. 1890.


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